Action Jackson

Yes, it’s all happening in the final stages of the putting together of Northcote.

And yes, I am about 2 months behind on blog posts.

So how about we just pretend time has stood still, and the Bakers haven’t actually moved in yet. And the painting isn’t done and the floors haven’t been finished, and that moving is still to come.

It’s been a flurry of tradies over the past few weeks (at least that part is true.) The main things to finish off have been carpeting of two bedrooms, hooking up of the solar, building the front steps and the amazing deck – complete with water views – and the sanding, polishing & staining of the floorboards.

Oh and boy the floorboards are delicious! So delicious you could eat (off) them. Well, some of our friends pretty much did. And you know how the first meal in a new house is often an occasion to celebrate… well look closely friends.


Yes, leftover pizza. Classy.

It’s been a flurry of packing, and the following image says it all. At least someone was smiling.


Siddy Boy was lucky to make it out of the laundry alive.

Oh, and we’re running another competition and all you need to do is name one of the hobbies represented in this picture…I’ll start; netball, welding, holepunching (soon to be recognised as an Olympic sport) lantern hanging…

Just leave your contributions in the comments section.

Talk soon



Balustrade…it’s French for ‘fence’

Cracking progress was made late last week at the sausage sizzle that is Northcote. Men for miles but all working hard, so that’s the main thing.

The verandah balustrade went up on Friday and while it will prevent any little people from falling over the edge, it also adds a certain kind of charm to the whole look, don’t you think?


The view from River Road

It was a gloomy old afternoon, which resulted in about 18mm of rain falling over the weekend, so the NCG (Northcote Cricket Ground) is shaping up nicely.


The view from the north-east corner (don’t quote me on that – I’m not great with directions)


Balustrade – up close and personal.

The Melbourne crew have packed up, and are off to put another Golden Age Home together, with Albury being their next stop. We managed a cross over of sorts, with the local tradies receiving the ‘hand over’ from the city boys. They speak mostly the same language, apart from the Victorian accent that turned the directive ‘over here’ into a version of ‘over hey-ar’.


Anyway it’s time to jazz things up round here so we’re running a competition. It’s called ‘Guess The Tool’ – and it might be a person place or thing. This week it is definitely a ‘thing’ and all you have to do is write your guess in the comments section. Of course, we’re not expecting to be overwhelmed, judging by the response to our last call out for comments back here. Not one.

Not to worry, we’ll push on and will give the answer in the next post. Which you will all be eagerly awaiting I am sure!

As for a prize, let me think, how about for the first correct response CB and WB cook you dinner at the new house when it is fully functioning? (I’ll check to see if it’s ok with them but I’m sure they’ll be happy to take part.)

So drum roll please for our first round of ‘GUESS THE TOOL’


Go on, have a guess.


Flat to the boards

Yes, this week it’s all about the boards – of both the floor and weather variety.

John and his A-Team have arrived back from Kilmore and are going like mad things to have the house closed in – from all angles – by the end of the week. Which is a real shame for the cat that has taken up residence.

They even left their homes in Kilmore, which is where the terrible bush fires are at the moment, to take up their place at Northcote. Talk about dedicated.

So far they have patched up the floorboards where the two fire places were in the kitchen and living room.

Exhibit A:


And the weather boards are taking shape along the southern side.

Exhibit B:


This two-tone look might really take off.

And now it’s the western side’s turn, and how is this for a workplace with a view? It kind of softens the blow of the 40+ deg temps that are lurking around these days.

Exhibit C:


But perhaps the most impressive achievement thus far is the ripping lawn that CB (who moonlights as an agronomist when not managing logistics at Northcote) has managed to establish in between the goings on of the house. It’s very impressive and has the makings of a fabulous oval. Maybe next year CB will have the New Year’s Test at his place.

Exhibit C and a half: